Definition of Yamato-e in English:

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Pronunciation: /jaˈmatəʊˌeɪ/


[mass noun]
A style of decorative painting in Japan during the 12th and early 13th centuries, characterized by strong colour and flowing lines.
Example sentences
  • Not only did these imports change the subject matter of painting, but they also modified the use of color; the bright colors of Yamato-e yielded to the monochromes of painting in the Chinese manner.
  • Her newer work in ‘Art & Human Rights’, done in the style of Japanese folk painting and medieval Yamato-e painting, sarcastically exposes Japanese militarism and war crimes.
  • Raigo (Descent of the Amida Buddha) paintings on the wooden doors of the Ho-o-do are an early example of Yamato-e, Japanese-style painting, because they contain representations of the scenery around Kyoto.


Japanese, from Yamato 'Japan' + e 'picture'.

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